PAL provides an opportunity for cross-year support whereby higher-year students are fully trained to lead small collaborative study groups (6-12 students) of lower-year peers. Embedded within a module and based on learning through exploratory discussion, sessions are structured around encouraging discussion and critical thinking rather than delivering new material.
Research evidence shows that PAL helps to aid new student transition into university study, helps PAL Leaders develop skills in leadership, communication and teamwork and helps both participants and leaders in consolidating their knowledge and gaining deeper conceptual understanding.
To support the development of PAL groups at York, The Learning Enhancement team (ASO) provides a PAL Framework which helps with:
Stage 1 - Planning
Stage 2 - Communication of PAL purpose and rationale
Stage 3 - Advertising and recruitment of a PAL Coordinator and PAL Leaders
Stage 4 - PAL Coordinator and PAL Leader training
Stage 5 - Supporting and monitoring PAL
Stage 6 - Evaluating PAL
To find out more, please contact the PAL team at firstname.lastname@example.org.